It Will Never Be The Same...

Gene Walls

Williamsport, United States

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On a gorgeous spring afternoon, I stopped by to photograph the “Forgotten Farmhouse” one more time. I have been shooting this same farmland scene for a year and a half. I have attempted to capture this place in each season and under every possible weather condition. It was the first time that I can remember seeing a perfect blue cloudless sky here. However, this time I noticed that the unobstructed view beyond the old house wasn’t so “unobstructed” any more.

To the right of the house, the huge barn that began construction last year, is now nearly finished by the new Amish owners. On the hill behind the Amish barn, there is a new communication tower, rising high above the horizon line. A new shed is now standing there, not too far from the old farmhouse. To the left of the farmhouse, another new building is currently under construction. The scene looks so different than it did when I first became infatuated with this amazing view, back in October of 2008.

The same view from October, 2008

Today, April 10, 2010, as I was taking this photo, I actually met the grandson of original owners of the “Forgotten Farmhouse”.

*Denny Wagner and his wife Brenda, were kind enough to talk to me today about the history behind this most unusual place. The details were a bit “sketchy”, but I listened with keen interest as they told me what they knew about the old family homestead. They explained that house was originally built in the 1800’s. A barn used to stand near the house, but it was torn down many years ago. Denny’s grand parents lived in this home and his dad was raised here. Fifty-some years ago, the family built a new home, just down the hill from this location. The grandparents moved their family into the “new” home sometime in the 1950’s.

The day they moved out was last day that anyone ever occupied that old farmhouse again.*

Then the Wagner’s broke the news to me…

…the abandoned house is scheduled to be demolished …very soon! The new owner needs to clear the site for additional growing space.

An era of local American history will soon end…

I am extremely happy that I was able to capture literally hundreds of photographs of this amazing place, while it still stands!

This photo was taken from Bartlow road, off of Exchange Road, about a quarter mile from RT-442. It is just a few miles east of Clarkstown, Pennsylvania, on the way toward Bloomsburg.

UPDATE 11/17/2012: THE FORGOTTEN FARMHOUSE STILL STANDS!

The photograph was captured “handheld” with a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens on a Canon EOS 10D DSLR body. The aperture was f/9.5, shutter speed 1/250th sec at the 39mm focal length. The image was cropped to the 6 X 12 panoramic format, but is otherwise “untouched”.

© 2010 Gene Walls

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